Bourbon Praline Cake
Inspired by the Kentucky Derby, this bourbon-laced cake sports a winning combination of bourbon, brown sugar, and pecans. A ring of rosettes adds a finishing touch worthy of the Triple Crown.
Why This Recipe Works
Bourbon, brown sugar, and pecans are the winning trifecta in this Kentucky Derby–inspired cake. We wanted to create a bourbon-soaked cake that was both salty and sweet. We found that adding bourbon to not only the batter but also the frosting and the soaking syrup gave us the right level of booziness. A simple swap of light brown sugar for granulated sugar in the cake, frosting, and syrup gave us a deep caramel flavor throughout. A not-too-sweet praline with lightly salted pecans added a satisfying crunch that perfectly complemented the sweetness of the cake. We added a portion of the chopped candied pecans to the filling to create a surprising crunchy layer inside the cake. Candied pecans surrounded by a ring of rosettes added an elegant final flourish.